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September 17, 2021

Daily News Lesson: These students say returning to school feels ‘unpredictable, unprecedented’

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video from Student Reporting Labs and answer the discussion questions. Some students may find it easier to read along with the transcript or turn on closed captions/CC.

Summary: Millions of students are heading back to school in person after a year of online learning. We asked students in our Student Reporting Labs network what returning to in-person learning looks and feels like amid new delta variant concerns, vaccinations debates and mask mandates.

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

  • Who are some of the students interviewed in this piece and where are they from?
  • What are some of the continued concerns that the students describe?
  • When did most students return to full, in-person learning?
  • Why do some of these students express optimism or hope?
  • How has the delta variant changed concerns about students and in-person learning?

Focus questions:

  1. What have been some of the things that are hard to adapt to so far this year, and what gives you some optimism or hope?
  2. What has surprised you the most about the way back-to-school is arranged at your school this year?

Media literacy: Do you think the perspectives of students in this piece are representative of the overall population of student perspectives in the U.S.? Why or why not?

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